Novak Djokovic Vs Rafael Nadal will be one of the nervy fixtures every Tennis fan will be looking forward to as both bat past their opponents, Kei Nishikori and Juan Martin del Petro respectively in the Quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2018.
Rafael Nadal needed almost five hours to beat Juan Martin del Potro and set up a Wimbledon semi-final with Novak Djokovic.
Three-time champion Djokovic was the first man through to the semi-finals, reaching the last four of a major in more than two years by seeing off Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court.
The 12-time Slam champion will face old rival and world No 1 Nadal, who eventually came through against Del Potro in a five-set epic that lasted four hours and 48 minutes on Centre Court to reach his sixth Wimbledon semi-final and 28th at the majors.
“I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some amazing points,” said Nadal who was a 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 winner.
“Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon. In the last set there was a little of everything, great points, great rallies, he was hitting crazy with his forehands.”
It will be Djokovic’s first Grand Slam semi-final since the 2016 US Open as he continues his bid to return to the top of the game.
The Serb has looked in impressive form over the last week and was too strong for Nishikori, who was competing in his first quarter-final at the All England Club.
Despite showing signs of frustation during the match, receiving two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of “double standards”, Djokovic also showed plenty of signs he is returning to somewhere near his best.
Novak Djokovic Vs Rafael Nadal